Learning about wildlife protection

From climate change to biodiversity and wildlife protection, 80 Zambezi learners know it all.

02 September 2019 | Environment

The Legal Assistance Centre (LAC) is conducting an advocacy programme on environment and wildlife protection in the Zambezi Region.

This forms part of Partnership against Poaching and Illegal Wildlife Trade project, funded by the German development agency GIZ.

Last week visited the LAC visited the Mafuta Combined School and the Silumbi Combined School and provided three days of training at each.

The training to about 80 learners focused on climate change and adaptation measures, the ecosystem, biodiversity, wildlife crime and resource management.

The learners were visited by the University of Namibia's Department of Wildlife Management and Ecotourism, under the leadership of Ekkehard Klingelhoefer, the regional director for education, Joy Mamili, and public prosecutor Diana Khama, who is a member of the prosecutor-general's wildlife crime unit.

These experts shared their knowledge with the learners in their respective fields.

“The children are really receptive to the information and it shows how important the work that you do is,” said Khama.

In addition, each school painted a mural on their school premises in order to sustain the momentum and leave a legacy at the school once the learners leave the school.

The next visits to other schools in the Zambezi Region will be during September and will include the Ndora Memorial School at Omega 3 and the Kasheshe Combined School at Kasheshe.

Furthermore the LAC will participate at the Chobe Wildlife Club, on Impalilia Island, where young people will be learning about wildlife protection.

In total, the LAC plans to engage with learners from 10 schools in the Zambezi Region.

According to the LAC it not only hopes to win more advocates to protect the wildlife in the area, but create a momentum where schools establish their own wildlife clubs, and to engage with their community on the topics addressed.

All the selected schools are part of the Namibia Environmental Education Network (NEEN).

ELLANIE SMIT

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